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2020 Audi RS 3 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: December 20, 2019

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Testing its limits, the 2020 Audi RS3 is a well-equipped sedan with performance specs keeping the excitement large and wide. Behind RS3’s front intake sits a 400-hp turbocharged five-cylinder mill that feeds a well built automatic transmission and a proficient all-wheel-drive system. 

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Pros

Daily driver with track worthy performance

Neat interior setup with upbeat styling

Peppy 2.5 L engine

Well programmed infotainment system

Cons

Rear seats feel a bit cramped up

Front seats are positioned higher than normal 

Crucial features such as adaptive cruise control come as optional

Bit pricey for the segment 

What's New?

Minor additions to the package features

Standard sports suspensions now come as optional


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$56500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

400 hp

torque

354 lbs.-ft.

transmission

7 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

103.6 in.

length

176.3 in.

width

77.2 in.

height

55 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.


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Ara Blue Crystal Effect

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Audi RS 3 Base

Base

power
394 hp @ 5,850 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
23 combined

$56,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 7A) Starting at $56,200 MSRP (19/23/28) 394 hp @ 5,850 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 5,
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

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When we think of cars in our century, we point our fingers to the mighty machines of the tech revolution. Today, the car world is not just about super machines and hypercars. Daily drivers are building up the momentum and bringing excitement under the toes of new-age enthusiasts. A good example of this is the 2020 Audi RS3. A mid-size robust sedan with capabilities of a fast mobile with adaptations ranging from a super enthusiastic engine, superb handling and definitely super tech features. 

Priced $56,200, the 2020 Audi RS3 comes with 4 different package options to choose from. With numerous design tweaks possible, the RS3 is both performing sedan with looks of a plush mobile.


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2020 Audi RS 3 Features

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Available as a standalone model, the 2020 Audi RS3 2.5T is available in 4 different packages to choose from. The standard standalone offering is quite well-loaded and packs in a whole set of bells and whistles. The detailed break-down has been listed below.

Trims 

Audi RS3 

Price

$56,200

Key Features

Unique engine firing order with a thrilling sound note

 

Tuned both for track and road with adaptive suspensions

 

14.6" ventilated eight-piston front disc brakes with red brake calipers

 

S sport seats in Fine Nappa leather with contrast diamond stitching, perforation, and RS embossing

 

Full LED headlights and LED taillights with dynamic rear indicators

Here is the list of the packages on offer.

Package Name

Technology Package

Dynamic Package 

Driver Assistance Package

Black Optic Package

MSRP 

$3,200

$1,450

$1,500

$1,300

Features 

Audi Connect with 6 Month Trial Subscription

Wheels: 19" Audi Sport 5-Arm-Blade Design

Audi Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go

Wheels: 19" Audi Sport 5-Arm-Blade-Design

 

Audi MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch

Tires: 255/30R19 Fr & 235/35R19 Rr Performance

Audi Active Lane Assist

High Gloss Black Exterior Mirror Housings

 

Audi Virtual Cockpit

Red Brake Calipers

High Beam Assistant

Black Rear Lip Spoiler

 

Bang & Olufsen Sound System

Sport Exhaust System with Black Tips

   

What's the best combination to choose from?

Audi’s are perfection in the way they produce machines and the RS3 is no exception. Following the legacy, this sedan has been a perfect marriage between sporty excitement and plush drive. We recommend you to get the 2.5T RS3 and custom it with the driver assistance package. 

This will add crucial safety features to the sedan such as adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, and high beam assistant. 

2020 Audi RS 3 Engine and Performance

The 2.5-liter turbocharged Inline-5 engine charging the RS3 produces a tremendous amount of power for a relatively adequate weighing sedan. Zippy in its attitude, the 2020 Audi RS3 builds momentum in its gut like a potion master. And guess what, the brewing is auditory orgasm too. Symphony of its unique5 cylinder engine jam the motion around and make the crowd standstill. Agility in its wheels due to a perfect crafter suspension mechanism makes this one hell of a sedan with amazing driving dynamics. 

Models

Audi RS3 2.5T

Mercedes-AMG C 43 

Acura RLX with Technology Package 

MSRP

$56,200

$55,950

$54,900

Engine

2.5-liter I-5 (premium)

3.0-liter V-6 (premium)

3.5-liter V-6 (premium)

Transmission

7-speed auto-shift manual with OD and auto-manual

9-speed automatic with OD and auto-manual

10-speed automatic with OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

394 hp

385 hp

310 hp

Torque

354 lbs./ft.

384 lbs./ft. 

272 lbs./ft.

The 2.5 liters inline 5 engine of the 2020 Audi RS3 Sedan makes 394 horsepower at 5850 rpm and makes total torque of 354 lb-ft at 1700 rpm. On the contrary, the Merc AMG C 43 makes 385 horsepower in total and makes about 384 lbs./ft. of torque. The RLX offering from Acura is the least power-producing sedan out of all 3 here. The 2020 Acura RLXmakes 310 horsepower and 272 lbs./ft. of torque in total. 

How fast is the RS3?

JIffy as we mentioned, the 2020 Audi RS3 is a well-performing sedan with capabilities of a well-designed coupe. Brilliant 7-speed auto-shift transmission do the talking and make the engine push the sedan off to glory in one of the fastest lapses we have seen from Audi’s lineup of speed monsters. 

Models

Audi RS3 2.5T

Mercedes-AMG C 43 

Acura RLX with Technology Package 

0-60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.1 sec

12.3 sec

13.6 sec 

Engine

2.5-liter I-5 (premium)

3.0-liter V-6 (premium)

3.5-liter V-6 (premium)

Emission (g/mile of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

392

6.3 tons/year

N/A

The 2020 Audi RS3 goes 0 to 6 in 3.5 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds. Performing the best among its competitors, the sedan is also one of the fastest accelerating cars you can find in the segment. The 2020 AMG C43 does 0-60 in 4.1 seconds while Acura’s RLX is a tad bit slower with passing the 60 marks in 6.5 seconds. 

How well does it tame the corners?

Enthusiasts may wonder due to its appearance that the 2020 Audi RS3 is a speed monster ready to be tamed and burn the rubber. In reality, it's a sweeter deal with the adrenaline pump and adequates of a pastor's kid. An inbuilt sports mode makes the machine ready to bark while its adaptive suspensions take the charm and make an emotion out of it. 

What about the Braking prowess?

Sedans have a special movement that could be understood as the momentum of a metal castle gliding through the road. The momentum here is a result of great power ratios coupled with equally brilliant brake dynamics. An out of the line nose dive when you hit the B-Pedal is not what you expect out of a German fun sedan and RS3 proves to be a good example. 

Models

Audi RS3 2.5T

2020 Mercedes-AMG C 43 

Acura RLX with Technology Package

Brake Front (in.)

14.6

14.2

12.3

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

12.6

12.2

Curb Weight

3593 lbs.

3825 lbs.

3977 lbs.

60-0 mph 

109 ft.

106 ft.

120 lbs.

The RS3 stops 60-0 within 109 ft. Weighing 3593 lbs, which is definitely lighter than other competitors in the market. Although, the AMG C43 has a slightly better stopping distance than the other two. 

2020 Audi RS 3 Fuel Economy

If you expect us to slide the fuel economy file under the table so as to make the folio pleasing, we may not bother to do so. Audi has done a fantastic job in making the RS3 one of the most fuel economic sports sedan of our times. The 2.5 liter inline 4 under the hood is not just powerful but is efficient too in all its proportions. 

Model

2020 Audi RS3 2.5T

2020 Mercedes Benz Base AMG C 43 

2020 Acura RLX Technology Package

MPG (City) 

19

19

20

MPG (Combined)

22

22

23

MPG (Highway)

28

27

29

The 2020 Audi RS3 has a fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon in the city while it goes for 28 miles per gallon of fuel on the freeway. This makes the combined fuel economy of the sedan to stand at 2 miles per gallon. 

2020 Audi RS 3 Interior

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Audi has never been shy of flowing its assets and so is the RS3. Sporting the sportiest of the lot, the sedan keeps you in place with its bucket seats while you engage in driving shenanigans on a Sunday afternoon. A well-crafted sports steering entices you to floor the machine every now and then responding with an equally sporty exhaust track. Crack Open the key hose and an infotainment screen in the center welcomes you with open arms. The instrument cluster in the front is integrated with google maps to keep the strip of roads in your imagination not in your memory. Borrowing much of its cabin magic from less power-driven S3 and the entry-level sedan, Audi A3. 

How comfortable is the Seating?

Not that we are a bunch of loners but the 2020 RS3 makes you ditch your buddies once in a while and rock-bottom the A-Pedal. Experience the rear tail push down a bit as the tires rush to take you off the start line. Although Audi claims to seat 5 adults with comfort in the RS’s cabin, we recommend keeping it to max 4. A bit of slant in the rear makes the shoulder and head space stand a few notches below its competitors. 

Model

2020 Audi RS3 2.5T

2020 Mercedes Benz Base AMG C 43 

2020 Acura RLX Technology Package

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (in.) Headroom

36.5

37.1

37.6

Front (in.) Shoulder room

54.8

55.3

59.6

Front (in.) Legroom

41.2

41.7

42.3

Rear (in.) Headroom

36.1

37.1

36.9

Rear (in.) Shoulder room

53

55

57

Rear (in.) Legroom

35.1

35.2

38.8

Speaking of competition, the 2020 Acura RLX is the roomiest of them all while the RS3 stands at the 3rd podium. 

What features to expect on the inside?

In terms of offering features, Audi usually doesn't keep any stone unturned. With the RS 3, Audi has hit the ball out of the park by offering a ton load of features as standard. Some of the interior highlights include the following features

  • One-touch up/down power windows
  • 4 12V DC power outlets
  • Navigation system
  • Illuminated auxiliary driver and passenger-side visor mirrors
  • Cruise control with distance pacing
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Rear cupholders

How good is the Infotainment system?

Audi is usually good with their MI systems and the 2020 RS 3, is certainly no different. The touchscreen feels responsive and is easy to read even in bright sunlight. Menus are easy to navigate through and easy to learn as well. The features on offer include the following

  • 14 Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan, single glove box CD player
  • Audi connect PLUS internet access
  • 705W premium amplifier
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Tire pressure sensors
  • Systems monitor

What about the Cargo capacity?

We would not carry our emotional baggage in the RS3’s trunk but for everything else, the 10 cubic feet of space seem to be enough. We tried our luck and could fit about 8 standard size carryon bags in its trunk. 

Model

2020 Audi RS3 2.5T

2020 Mercedes Benz Base AMG C 43 

2020 Acura RLX Technology Package

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10

12.6

14.9

Competition seems to be doing a bit better in space management. Differing by about 2.6 cubic feet, the 2020 AMG C43 has a cargo volume of about 12.6 cubic feet while RLX’s cargo capacity stands at 14.9 cubic feet. 

2020 Audi RS 3 Exterior

Big wide black matt grill in the front shuns all those chrome centric machines in the market. Proud Audi branding with RS3 logo introduces the sedan with all its speed worthy arguments. Air Intakes with front lamps add to the stance while its low roof proves its sedan heritage. Most of the exterior design elements are typical Audi in the RS3 and look fantastic as it is.

Model

2020 Audi RS3 2.5T

2020 Mercedes Benz Base AMG C 43 

2020 Acura RLX Technology Package

Curb weight (lbs.)

3593

3825

3977

Length(in)

176.3

185

198.1

Width(in)

70.7

71.3

74.4

Height(in)

55

56.3

57.7

Ground clearance (mm)

N/A

3.5

3.8

Wheelbase (in)

103.6

111.8

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

61.4/60.2

63.1/61.3

64.3/64.2

On the rear, curves dominate the stance with an inward tweak making space for the rear registration plate. Hugging its corners are the smoothly designed tail lamps that are headed by an iconic lip spoiler. 

What are the most Eye-catching features?

The Audi RS 3 is one of the most drama-laden cars to look at on the outside. This is due to the ton load of exterior enhancements that the RS 3 comes with over the standard S3 sedan. Here are the few highlights of the sedan,

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Aluminum front bumper insert
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Metallic paint
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Rocker panel extensions

2020 Audi RS 3 Safety

On the safety front, Audi RS3 comes with features such as:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Standard Knee airbag
  • Electronic stability
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control

2020 Audi RS 3 Competition

Audi RS3 vs. Mercedes-AMG C 43

Germans could be competitive at times and this is quite evident when two automakers meet. The Audi RS3 in 2020 stands tall when compared with the Mercedes AMG C43 for its power delivery. Although the Benz is powered by a V6 engine and is priced about a thousand dollars cheaper, the sedan makes less power. Driveability is mesmerizing for both the cars and so is the interior space. Get the RS3 for its fast acceleration and fun factor while Benz C43 is more nimble and feels more planted. 

Audi RS3 vs. Acura RLX

Not a very generic comparison we would say. The 2020 Audi RS3 is costlier than the Acura and produces more power than RS6’s 2.5 liters. This looks like a one-way game where RS3 leads on almost every mark. 

2020 Audi RS 3 Final Verdict

Sedans and speed go hand in hand and the RS3 is a huge example. Holding the mark as fun to drive, well equipped and amazingly functional sedan, the RS3 is built to bring the excitement under your toes and not compromise on performance and styling.